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by Aviatrix
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 24223

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

"A meteorologist can predict pretty accurately what will happen tomorrow. The day after tomorrow is trickier, but you've got a 50-50 shot or so. People will forgive inaccuracies in the forecast for Day 3. Anything over a 3-day forecast is pure fiction, which is why we have English course requir...
by Aviatrix
Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 9869

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

Proginoskes wrote:That's no heart. It's Pluto the dog's head
I can see that now.
by Aviatrix
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 9869

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

The chocolate and vanilla frosting areas have given me an awesome idea for cookies at our next club pot luck. Unfortunately, this club is decidedly not geekish, science minded, or tech friendly and nobody will get it.

The plug for inflating and deflating also made me spit my tea.
by Aviatrix
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23458

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

tl;dr - Three different forms of sugar under discussion. More than three: glucose, fructose, the glucose-fructose disaccharide sucrose, regular corn syrup, HFCS (a couple of common varieties), honey. We've left out maltose which is a minor component of some of the mixtures - and the crowd roars &qu...
by Aviatrix
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51722

Re: 0645: "RPS"

Apologies for the zombie. I skipped a couple of years of xkcd. Things got better, but I never read the ones I missed until this week. I still have trouble with algebraic notation on calculators because I started using an HP11c as soon as they were introduced. I'd used a TI SR-52 calculator during my...
by Aviatrix
Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 42476

Re: 0855: "1999"

Usenet was the original social network. What cracks me up is how everyone thinks that the first thing they remember was the first thing. There were computer-based social networks in the 1970s. PLATO comes to mind. While it was necessarily limited in scope, it was international, widespread, and defi...
by Aviatrix
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0726: "Seat Selection"
Replies: 112
Views: 27323

Re: "Seat Selection" Discussion

I was very pleased with this comic. :D
by Aviatrix
Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 53164

Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

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by Aviatrix
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 57284

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Add another Bacon number of 3 to the rapidly growing crowd, via a movie I appeared in with Steve Allen. No, you youngsters don't have to know who that is.

No Erdos number and none likely to ever become associated with me.
by Aviatrix
Wed May 06, 2009 7:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9362139

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

An old fart friend of mine (I am also an old fart) asked, "Do college/grad students still play Magic: The Gathering? Or is it a 20th century thing?" Being a good citizen, I did a search, and this thread seemed to have the most mentions of Magic: The Gathering. So, since I'm incredibly last...
by Aviatrix
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)
Replies: 14
Views: 2073

Re: Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)

Believe it or not, even with those broad hints it took me a while, as any skill I had with algebra flew out the window this morning. But it came back, mocking me as it did. One final question: do I say that ln^e = -3 is "illegal", "undefined", "nonsensical", or just dra...
by Aviatrix
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)
Replies: 14
Views: 2073

Re: Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)

Hmmm... good to know, and thanks. Unfortunately, that takes me back to where I have no idea how to approach the problem. I went over all of the exponential/logarithm problems we did in precalculus and we never had one with more than one term unless it was a quadratic equation. That doesn't mean I sh...
by Aviatrix
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)
Replies: 14
Views: 2073

Argh... what am I not seeing? (homework problem)

I should know this stuff. I took a semester with no math courses and used those 18 weeks to forget everything I've ever known, apparently. I beat into submission most of the problems on the review of pre-calculus but this one is eluding me somehow. Problem: Solve 6e -x - e x = 1 So I did this: ln(6e...
by Aviatrix
Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0500: "Election"
Replies: 118
Views: 22834

Re: Election

I originally had a plan to see how long I could go without knowing who won. It lasted about 5 minutes because someone outside screamed "Obama!" just as I was walking back into my room. I was hoping to get about 12 more hours before I found out. I did not know until 11 p.m. Now, you're say...
by Aviatrix
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15645

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

My guess is that I've used a typewriter more than all of you combined, unless some other outlier comes in here. I started a journalism career on a Royal back about 1970 or so. I remember finally getting a Selectric (which I still have). I wish I had the Royal. I also remember getting a "compute...
by Aviatrix
Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 28432

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

Thanks, Randall, I think you're cute, too.
by Aviatrix
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 48610

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

Also laughed, also cringed at Russel.

But how can someone be enough of a lurker to know to say GOOMHR and not know about intro threads?
by Aviatrix
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rickrolling incidents and YOU.
Replies: 300
Views: 33392

Rickroll news (no links in this message, no worries)

A friend of mine, who is probably older than three or four of you put together, told me this a couple of days ago: "We just switched to AT&T U-verse (what bliss!) and we were looking at all the free shows on demand, and one of the kids followed a link to a supposed MTV stunt, and we were Ri...
by Aviatrix
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Passionate about a calculator?
Replies: 139
Views: 24504

Re: Re:

Thankyewverymuch, I use a HP 41CX I bought in the early 80's. I even have the magnetic strip read/writer for it. I grew up on RPN. I will invariably screw up a calculation on some monstrosity with an '=' key because of my intuitive use of RPN. All you geeks on here, and only one person mentions a H...
by Aviatrix
Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0457: "Frustration"
Replies: 195
Views: 38689

Re: "Frustration" Discussion

I would hope that none of those styles involve scissors. Being a gentleman, I would naturally recompense her with a new bra. You know, they sell Rubik's cubes in toy stores. You don't need to destroy a bra to get one. I say! It's as if people here don't realize that you can have sex without removin...
by Aviatrix
Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Passionate about a calculator?
Replies: 139
Views: 24504

Re: Passionate about a calculator?

It took a mighty quelling of my righteous indignation for me to buy a graphing calculator because it is required for a class on a subject that has existed long before calculators, let alone graphing calculators. And while calculators are marvelous tools, I don't think they promote understanding as m...
by Aviatrix
Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 20712

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

I've still retained pretty much everything I learned, but I'm hopelessly behind people my age who still do math. I can't do it fast anymore. I'm scared of trying to get back into it because I don't know how well I would do. Just out of curiosity, how well will you do if you don't try? I'm 53. I'm t...
by Aviatrix
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 20712

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

I learned to program at age 11. Computers hadn't been invented when I was 11. But then there's Andrew Wiles proving Fermat's Last Theorem... Darn. Last time I checked (1985) that one was up for grabs. Now I have no goal for which to strive. Damn you and your Wiles! Read an insightful article once t...
by Aviatrix
Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Passionate about a calculator?
Replies: 139
Views: 24504

Re: Passionate about a calculator?

Hi... sorry for dragging this out of the dungeon, but I didn't want to just start a new thread. When I started college in 1973, early calculators were available but my professors did not allow their use in class; we were required to learn and use slide rules. By my second year, an HP calculator was ...
by Aviatrix
Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pricing of different sized packages
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: Pricing of different sized packages

You haven't truly lived until you've seen 3-oz. paper cups at the store with a neat label giving the price breakdown as "$1.19/oz.".
by Aviatrix
Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 33130

Re: Awesome?

Also, Felstaff, you are awesome. Felstaff apparently has several reasons to be smug, but for the above situation to rank as awesome the two extremely good-looking, intelligent, sciency and arty people have to be as happy--and as smug--as Felstaff is. I'm not sayin' that's not trve. I hope it is, al...
by Aviatrix
Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"
Replies: 19
Views: 2457

Re: "Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"

"Just interpolate to get the value"!? But which interpolation algorithm to use? Linear interpolation, spline interpolation? Something I can't remember because I haven't done 3D graphics in years? Thanks! This gave me a big ol' grin. What is it with TI-83 being such a monopoly anyway? They...
by Aviatrix
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"
Replies: 19
Views: 2457

Re: "Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"

Thanks for all the responses! It's interesting to see how various people interpret the semantics, and a reminder that there's nothing wrong with the simple declarative sentence. As a general rule, these professors know who I am and that I have an advanced degree in biology. Some know that I went to ...
by Aviatrix
Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"
Replies: 19
Views: 2457

"Don't worry, you'll do better at math this time!"

I'm elderly compared to most of you (53) and earned bachelors and graduate degrees in sciences in my 20s. I am teaching biology part time, and folks at my college know that I'm Dr. not Ms. I am currently re-taking some fairly low level math courses because I want to take higher level math courses an...
by Aviatrix
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17640

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day? I thought they had more sense... and quirkier holidays. The line that jumped out at me from this one was the bit in the alt-text about the syringes. It is, in general, a bad idea to irk the owner of the womb while she is delivering the star attraction. The wonderf...
by Aviatrix
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0403: "Convincing pickup line"
Replies: 100
Views: 34768

Re: "Convincing pickup line" Discussion

It would be a lousy reason to marry someone.

But despite miserable allergies and even more miserable essays on this batch of student papers I'm grading, the alt-text made me smile, and I really appreciated the experience.
by Aviatrix
Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 51805

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

My worst-sex-shuffle-song proposal would have to be "Creature of the Night" from the Rocky Horror soundtrack. Egads. Really?!? If you consider for a moment that the reclining person has a hand on the head of the person performing oral sex, and that such behavior is only socially acceptabl...
by Aviatrix
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 99564

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I am convinced that pomegranates taste radically different to different people. As in one person's experience is the food of the gods, and another's is worse than eating out of a dumpster during a garbage strike. (Cilantro, too, but that's not at issue here.) I'd place red apples higher on the taste...
by Aviatrix
Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

Re: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?

You guys are the greatest. I don't fool around with this stuff enough anymore to pick up on exactly how this would happen, but I remember enough to follow your explanations, so it's a huge help. Therefore I'm not sure that they are doing this deliberately. If so, it's akin to putting bars on your wi...
by Aviatrix
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

Re: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?

Yeah. Sorry for being unclear, lack of clarity is a specialty of mine. This is showing up in messages (seen by end-users) in an area of eBay called "Groups". eBay also has "Discussion Boards" but those, like the actual auction listings, are fine. A typical message on a Group devo...
by Aviatrix
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:06 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

Re: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?

It matters because the end users are not technologically adept people, for the most part, and it confuses them. And it matters because it's sloppy to let something like this happen. And it matters because eBay is telling these end-users that "it's something wrong with your computer" and re...
by Aviatrix
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

Re: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?

script, and every other word we've tried, render perfectly. So does sttyle and s t y l e. "sstyle" is rendered sstyle. Every user reports this, and it happens in more than one group, so it isn't the end-user or the topic. I'll ask about platforms. (I'm using a PC, Windows XP, IE7,...
by Aviatrix
Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: HTML rendering oddity... WTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3121

HTML rendering oddity... WTF?

My question is about an oddity that has shown up in the discussion groups on eBay. If you type the word "style", the software that renders the text outputs "style". Any other "s" that we've tried renders correctly, e.g. s st sty styl sty1e but, "style"...
by Aviatrix
Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0057: "Wait For Me"
Replies: 17
Views: 7036

Re: Wait For Me

This is very simple. Make the man into a Golden Retriever. Human: "Why didn't you wait for me?" Golden Retriever: "I thought you were gone forever!" Human: "I said I'd be back in a minute!" Golden Retriever: "Define minute. The draperies were there." Human: &q...
by Aviatrix
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0380: "Emoticon"
Replies: 164
Views: 49640

Re: "Emoticon" discussion

If the basilisk were trying to be evil it would have done this: >:|~ That would have been better, yes. I am joining the crowd who breathed a collective, "Huh? That's a snake. Is it pretending to be a basilisk, because the dude opened with a/s/l? Well, no cause and effect, look at its username....

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